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4M More Magnetix Building Sets Recalled
Children Can Swallow Magnets

POSTED: 8:46 am EDT April 19, 2007

WASHINGTON -- More than 4 million additional Magnetix magnetic building sets are being recalled after childen swallowed the small magnet in the plastic building pieces, the U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission announced Thursday.

In March 2006, Mega Brands Inc. recalled 3.8 million Magnetix sets when a child died and four others were seriously injured after swallowing the magnets. In all, the CPSC and Mega Brands know of one death, one aspiration and 27 intestinal injuries. Emergency surgery was required in every case except one.

The commission has received at least 1,500 reports of magnets separating from the building pieces, and at least 10 injuries involved children between the ages 6 and 11. It originally was thought to be a problem for children under age 6, according to a CPSC news release.

According to the commission, if a child swallows more than one of the magnets, or one of the magnets and a metallic object, the piceces can attach to each other inside the intestines and cause perforations or blockage, which can be fatal.

The commission said the expanded recall includes all Magnetix sets except newer ones sold since March 31, 2006, that are age-labeled 6+ and sets that have the following label: "CAUTION: Do not ingest or inhale magnets. Attraction of magnets in the body may cause serious injury and require immediate medical care."

Mega Brands said sets currently at retail stores are not included in the recall because due to material and design changes, they retain the magnets better.

The recalled sets were sold by mass merchants and other toy and arts and crafts stores nationwide. People who bought the sets should stop using them immediately and contact Mega Brands for a replacement toy. For more information, contact Mega Brands at 800-779-7122 or visit its Web site at www.megabrands.com

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